Iona Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc

Iona Wild Ferment Sauvignon Blanc

R 220.00
here is something truly special about Sauvignon Blanc that has been grown in cool conditions. Lower harsh malic acid is converted to juicy tartaric acid when vineyards are grown below 30°C. In 2018 we only had a total of 13 accumulated hours above this cutoff and zero hours above 35°C during in the last three crucial months of ripening. Lovely low pH enabled the natural yeasts to ferment to complete dryness. The wine is complex with nuances from the wild ferment in large French oak barrels and soft acidity from the cool vineyards – elegant and sophisticated. The grapes were hand-picked and whole bunch pressed. The juice was settled for 12 hours, before being racked to 500L French oak barrels (2nd, 3rd and 4th fill). Fermentation was spontaneous and the temperature was kept between 18-22°C.

A cool winter ensured good vine dormancy with below average rainfall and conditions similar to 2015, 2016 and 2017. Sunny weather during bud break led to even budding. Dry and windy conditions in spring resulted in uneven flowering and berry set with some smaller berries having a good concentration of flavours. Despite dry growing conditions, cool weather conditions in December and January (didn't have the normal heat spike we would get in early January) ensured slow, even ripening and acid conversion. The absence of rainfall during veraison resulted in a vintage with less disease pressure. The drier year resulted in pristine grapes with high natural acidity, low malic acids and intense fruit flavours.

Ageing
The wine was aged for 11 months in barrel, before it was racked and bottled. The wine was not fined, and lightly filtered before being bottled.

Description

Perfectly ripe Sauvignon Blanc fermented with wild yeast in large wood format results in an array of complexity: textured, multi-layered with minerality, salinity, blackcurrant, white stone fruits, a rich palate and long zesty finish.


Food Pairing

Norwegian salmon terrine.

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